Can You Find the Ticks on this Poppyseed Muffin?

by Melissa Breyer, Treehugger

In which the CDC traumatizes muffin lovers everywhere with its tick-studded PSA muffin.

Ticks are in the news, as well as their cousins in crime, mosquitoes. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that diseases from tick, mosquito and flea bites more than tripled in the United States between 2004 and 2016. Since 2004, at least nine diseases have been discovered or newly introduced here. The New York Times notes that, “Warmer weather is an important cause of the surge, according to the lead author of a study.”

Insect-Borne Disease Chart

It’s all a vexing problem; and what’s super worrisome is that the CDC says that “the US is not fully prepared,” noting:

Local and state health departments and vector control organizations face increasing demands to respond to these threats.

More than 80% of vector control organizations report needing improvement in 1 or more of 5 core competencies, such as testing for pesticide resistance.

More proven and publicly accepted mosquito and tick control methods are needed to prevent and control these diseases.

With all of this in mind, the Center is on a a bit of media blitz – which can’t come soon enough. And apparently, they’ve got some clever personalities running the Twitter, because the following Tweet was tweeted … and the response was, uhm, heartfelt.

And they go on and humorously on. But aside from the Twitter horror, the tick muffin makes a really good point. Mosquitoes, we seem them. Yes they are evil masters of subterfuge, but as least they are easily visible. Ticks? Not so much. They are tiny, like, poppyseed tiny. And now you may never eat a lemon poppyseed muffin again, but at least you know how small a tick is – just think of a poppyseed with legs.

See more on the report here: Illnesses on the rise

Related at Care2

Images via CDC.


Marie W
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Cindy S
Past Member 8 months ago

this is a joke right........

Jaime J
Jaime J8 months ago

Thank You!!

Amanda M
Amanda McConnell8 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Amanda M
Amanda McConnell8 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Melanie St. Germaine

Thank you for sharing!

Kathy G
Kathy G8 months ago

Thank you

Beryl Ludwig
Beryl L8 months ago

Disgusting! There are no ticks on your poppy seed muffins. Ticks are attracted to blood and warm do you see blood on your muffins? I think this is a gross example. You could have put some poppy seeds next to some ticks if you wanted to emphasize the size of the small ticks that you can accumulate on your body when walking in the woods or fields or if you have a dog that is not protected from fleas and ticks. I'm about to quit reading these articles if you have another disgusting one like this. I buy poppy seed muffins As a treat and I think you have grossed me out and others too and this article is unfair what a way to start the freaking morning.!!!

No W
No W8 months ago

thank you for posting